August 19, 2004 |
For the first time since the height of the Vietnam War, America's relations with the world loom as the most important issue for voters in the run-up to the November presidential election, according to a poll released Wednesday. Although the survey found that supporters of President Bush and Democratic challenger Sen. John F. Kerry were sharply divided in their views on a range of foreign policy issues, there was no indication either candidate enjoyed a significant advantage.
January 3, 2004 |
North Korea has agreed to allow a private American group to visit its premier nuclear weapons complex, a move U.S. government officials hope will shed light on the facilities at the center of a 14-month diplomatic standoff. The U.S. group, which includes nuclear scientists, congressional aides and former government officials, plans to visit the Yongbyon site, a member of the group said Friday.
October 12, 2002 |
A year after U.S. forces began the military campaign that overthrew Afghanistan's Taliban regime, President Bush on Friday declared that the Central Asian nation has "entered a new era of hope" and he promised sustained American involvement in its reconstruction and stability. But even as Bush delivered his upbeat report, experts warned that the Afghan people still face political insecurity and the specter of famine and disease.
September 15, 2007 |
In a new report to Congress, the White House acknowledged Friday that the Iraqi government had made little political progress in recent months, a finding that ended a week of debate over the war on a down note for the White House. The report said Iraqi leaders had improved their performance on only one of 18 measurements of progress since an interim report in July.
December 29, 2007 |
In the weeks before Benazir Bhutto's assassination, the Bush administration directly provided her with intelligence on dangers she faced from militants in Pakistan, as U.S.-backed President Pervez Musharraf resisted pressure to expand the scope of her security detail, U.S. lawmakers and other officials and Bhutto supporters said Friday. Yet as the slain former prime minister was laid to rest, questions mounted about both the adequacy of the U.S.
May 27, 2006 |
Amid concern that the U.S. is drifting toward eventual confrontation with Iran, a growing number of influential statesmen, Republican senators and foreign policy experts are stepping up pressure on the Bush administration to consider doing what no U.S. administration has done in 27 years: talk directly with Iran. In recent congressional hearings, think-tank conferences, op-ed essays and media appearances, Republican heavyweights -- including former Secretary of State Henry A.
February 22, 2005 |
President Bush on Monday issued a blunt warning to Russia, saying that it "must renew a commitment to democracy and the rule of law" if it is to join the European and transatlantic communities. Bush's admonition to Moscow came during the keynote address of his four-day, fence-mending trip to Europe, in which he called for "a new era of transatlantic unity."
October 2, 2002 |
A divided Senate is preparing to open a landmark debate over whether to authorize military action against Iraq, a move that could transform decades of U.S. defense policy, roil domestic politics just a month before congressional elections and open the way for an international conflict of potentially vast cost.
July 23, 2004 |
The security threat in Iraq has grown "undoubtedly more severe" since the beginning of the year and insurgents have become more sophisticated and dangerous in just the last few months, a former top U.S. security advisor in Iraq told a Senate committee Thursday. David C. Gompert, who was senior security advisor to former U.S. administrator L. Paul Bremer III, said the threat from loyalists of ousted dictator Saddam Hussein and from foreign fighters had become more deadly.
March 8, 2003 |
Congressional Democrats critical of the Bush administration's stance on Iraq pleaded Friday for more time for diplomacy, while senior Republicans agreed with the president that the countdown to a possible war is nearing an end. The exchange played out mainly on the Senate floor in a sparsely attended debate over Iraq policy. Some lawmakers made their views known in speeches elsewhere and through news releases. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.